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Data Center Knowledge Article: Western Digital's Long Trip From Open Standards To Open Source Chips

By August 21, 2019May 12th, 2021No Comments

Western Digital, best known to most as a seller of hard drives, has gone all-in on open source. While not a stranger to open source software, and far from being the first hardware company to embrace open-source — it recently became a pioneer by diving headfirst into the uncharted waters of open source silicon. It seems fitting for a company that started in the 1970s as a chipmaker.
The baby steps from open standards to open source software consisted of getting involved in open source projects “here and there,” but the projects were relatively small, such as tools for measuring network throughput and performance.
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